Jessica Springsteen in the running for the Olympic equestrian team
This baby “born in the United States” may soon represent the stars and stripes at the Tokyo Olympics.
Meet equestrian champion Jessica Springsteen, the 29-year-old daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen and his wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa.
The globe-trotting Jersey girl is one of many well-heeled daughters of the rich and famous – like Mike Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina and children of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates – competing on the international equestrian circuit, but sources say Jessica is definitely not on her name.
âExcept for the fact that she has enough money for her family to participate in this very expensive sport, she is much more than her father’s daughter,â a competitive equestrian insider told The Post.
âShe is truly a champion. Some daughters of daring celebrities soak up the limelight of their fathers. It’s not Jessie. It is a serious competitor.
In the coming weeks, US Equestrian, the sport’s governing body, will announce a short list of 10 show jumping riders who are vying for a spot at the summer games. Currently, Jessica is pretty, ranked # 3 nationally. From there, the riders will be evaluated in the next competitions and the ultimate Team USA of four will be finalized in late June or early July.
The Tokyo games will begin on July 23.
“I think [Jessica] has tremendous luck, âanalyst Melanie Smith Taylor, who won gold in the 1984 Los Angeles games, told The Post. âThis spring she had huge results. She rides great and has a great horse that she has bonded with.
Jessica – whose horse is a 12 year old stallion named Don Juan Van de Donkhoeve – has never hesitated about her Olympic aspirations.
âMy dream is always to represent the United States in the championships, so I’m still working towards that,â Jessica said after winning a grand prize in February 2020. âI feel like I’m having a really good one. group of horses that jump very well. now i hope to make this short list [for the Tokyo Olympics]. I will continue to do my best.
And while COVID-19 forced the postponement of 2020 matches, Jessica is said to have emerged from the imposed stoppage in great shape.
âIt really took off this year,â said Smith Taylor.
A middle child and the only daughter of Bruce and Patti, Jessica was born in 1991 when her father was at a crossroads in his career. He had temporarily disbanded the E Street Band and was working with session musicians on his 1992 albums “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town”. This angered some fans, as did the fact that he moved his young family – including Jessica’s older brother Evan, now 30 – to California, leaving behind his historic ties to New Jersey.
Although his personal life was well placed, it did not translate into his career: âI tried to write [happy songs] in the early 90s and it didn’t work; the audience didn’t like it, âBruce said.
So he packed his bags and moved his family to New Jersey when Jessica was very young. She was raised in the ton town of Rumson and the family ran a large farm of over 300 acres, Stone Hill, near Colts Neck.
His life wasn’t really rock’n’roll.
âWe have goats, chickens and pigs. There were also two ostriches, but they were a bit violent so we had to give them away, âJessica told CNN in 2015 after growing up with brothers Evan and Sam, now 27. used to play with goats all the time. We each had our little goat and we were going to run with themâ¦ It was a real farm life.
It was also very close to Beacon Hill Show Stables, a top notch training facility where Jessica started riding every day after school.
âShe rose through the ranks. She was at the top of the ladder at all levels, including the juniors and when she broke into the seniors. It’s a great thing she’s won, âsaid Smith Taylor. Jessica graduated from Ranney, a small private school in Tinton Falls, NJ, then studied psychology at Duke University.
âI really wanted to go to college and have the full college experience to see if there was something that I was so passionate about. [as riding]She told Robb Report in 2019, adding that while it was difficult to juggle her studies and riding, the experience solidified her love of the latter: “I had already found my passion . “
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The equine world also helped her find romance. In 2015, she was linked with Argentine polo player Nic Roldan who she dated for a few years. Then, in 2019, she went public with her handsome Italian rider Lorenzo de Luca.
âNic is a hot polo player. He’s very cute and sexy, âthe insider said. “But Lorenzo is honestly so funny, and she’s become a much warmer, more open and less reserved person since they started dating.”
(Roldan is now dating Tom Selleck’s daughter, Hannah Selleck, another contestant.)
The life of a competitive equestrian is reminiscent of that of a musician on tour. There is a lot of travel and precious luggage. In Jessica’s case, it’s not guitars but million dollar horses. In 2018, she moved to Brussels, Belgium, to get closer to the best European competitions. She spends winters in Wellington, Florida, on horseback.
In 2016, the Springsteins experienced a rare case of travel synergy. Her parents were playing a concert in Madrid while Jessica competed in the Spanish capital.
âEveryone from the horse show went [to the concert], and that was the best of the overlaps, âshe said.
Although his parents are regulars at his competitions, they are passive observers.
âBruce won’t do much with the sport unless it’s to specifically support Jessica,â the insider said. “This is why when the organizers ask [him] to do interviews with her, he hardly ever does. He did all he could to help her, but he also allowed her to be independent.
Smith Taylor agreed, âShe said early on that she didn’t want to be known as Bruce Springsteen’s daughter alone. She wanted to forge her own path. She really does that. She is truly at the elite level of the sport because of her performance.
But if Jessica – who has served as a brand ambassador for both Gucci and Polo Ralph Lauren – is selected for the Olympics, her last name will be an asset.
If she were to be on the team it could give us better airtime, âSmith Taylor said of the sport. “She will bring a certain star quality.”